A Time For Giving and Thanks

By Cheryl Tranchitella
November 15, 2001

Dissect the word Thanksgiving. A time of thanks and giving is what it boils down to. It invites people to donate their time. Here’s your chance.

There are many things that could be done to contribute to the true meaning of Thanksgiving. If you have clothes you do not want anymore or some extra canned goods, donate them to a local church. Canned and nonperishable goods or even meals for shut-ins would be generous and greatly appreciated.

On campus there is a food drive run by Campus Ministry. Canned goods are being accepted in the chapel and in Campus Ministry at any time until Nov. 20. The food will be donated to hunger relief programs in the area including the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank.

Every year Cabrini College Campus Ministry donates a whole turkey and a full meal for six to eight people to about 75 households. All of the donations go to Our Lady of Hope, North Philadelphia, and the meals will be dispersed to the homes. If anyone would like to give a money donation, checks are being accepted. Make them out to Cabrini College Campus Ministry and the money will go towards food for this program. Campus Ministry is also accepting food baskets until Nov 20 for the people who were affected on Sept 11.

Many people have Thanksgiving traditions. “We go around the dinner table and give thanks,” Junior Bonnie Garlic said. Some visit old friends at the ritual homecoming games at their old high schools, others make meals for shut-ins and visit past loved ones’ graves and bring flowers. “My family donates turkeys to homes along with clothes,” Junior Jenna Marquardt said. Thanksgiving is usually when people spend time with their family all nice and cozy around a dinner table catching up with one another. Some people choose to spend their day differently like Junior Kit Hillin. “I go to a homeless shelter and help out there with giving out food and spend time with the people,” Hillin said.

On November 15 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. there will be a Hunger Banquet in the New Residence Hall. This program is to inform people about how bad hunger really is in our developed world and developing worlds. It is to inspire people and help with the awareness of the seriousness of the situation. All are welcome to attend. No RSVP needed. For more information call Mary Laver at x-8409.

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